High Holy Days 5781, COVID-19 Update
Dear Temple Beth Am Families,
We hope that this letter continues to find you and your loved ones healthy and safe during these unprecedented times.
We wrote you on May 22nd about plans to enter into Phase One of our campus effective June 1st. It appeared at that time that the coronavirus threat was under control, and we might be able to move on to Phase Two in July. However, we find ourselves still gripped by the COVID-19 crisis, with uncertainty at every possible turn.
This crisis continues to remain a significant challenge, one that we believe makes it impossible for us to host High Holy Day services on our campus in September. We have been planning all along for this possibility, and have been upgrading our production capabilities. We intend to present the best possible live streaming High Holy Days experience exclusively for you, our congregants. We envision meaningful and impactful services, complete with beautiful and inspiring music, penetrating sermons, engagement with our congregants, and connection to our traditions.
Our number one priority remains the overall safety of our entire community. We continue to work with medical professionals within our Temple community, who are assisting us with our protocols for returning to our campus.
Our schools are on schedule to reopen in late August with in-person classes. Contingency plans already have been drafted for both the Beth Am Day School and Youth Engagement Religious School in the event that an in-person schedule cannot be implemented. Local and state protocols and CDC guidelines all will be followed in making our decisions at the appropriate time.
Our Shabbat and weekday services continue to be offered online. Our daily remote enrichment classes and programs continue to offer opportunities for spiritual, educational and cultural growth.
The continuation of the virus and need for social distancing has caused us all great stress and consternation. Certainly, we can look to our faith for help in dealing with this crisis. We also can look to each other.
"Conversations Out Loud with Rabbi Barras" is a new program — beginning Wednesday, July 15th at 9:00 am — to give our community an opportunity to share feelings with each other, to delve into the response of our tradition, and to share open dialogue. We all need support during this emotional and difficult time, and this platform will give us a chance to be there for each other in a safe and comfortable environment. To join the Zoom conversation, go to tbam.org/conversations for information and to RSVP.
Todah Rabah, thank you very much, for your continued support and commitment to Temple Beth Am. Please know that you may reach out to our Clergy and professional staff should you have any questions, concerns or need support.
Your Temple Beth Am community remains strong and united, a beacon of light in our Jewish Community in South Florida. We are excited and look forward to welcoming you back to our beloved Temple and campus as soon as health and safety guidelines allow.
July 9, 2020